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A Short Life of Holy Mother

A Short Life of Holy Mother

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In the following pages will be found the story of a life which was lived so silently and unostentatious that its very simplicity was bewildering. Yet the depth of its richness seemed unfathomable even to those who were universally respected for their spiritual greatness. Indeed such a life defies analysis, and it is much more difficult to portray it. We may not comprehend greatness as a whole, but still does not even a partial glimpse of it often bring us infinite good? Therein lies our justification for making the present attempt.

In preparing this work we have got considerable help from the following books: Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga, Mayer Katha, Parts I & II, and Sri Sarada Devi. Of these the first two are in Bengali, published by the Udbodhan Office, Calcutta, and the last one is in English, published by the Ramakrishna Math, Madras.
In the following pages will be found the story of a life which was lived so silently and unostentatious that its very simplicity was bewildering. Yet the depth of its richness seemed unfathomable even to those who were universally respected for their spiritual greatness. Indeed such a life defies analysis, and it is much more difficult to portray it. We may not comprehend greatness as a whole, but still does not even a partial glimpse of it often bring us infinite good? Therein lies our justification for making the present attempt.

In preparing this work we have got considerable help from the following books: Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga, Mayer Katha, Parts I & II, and Sri Sarada Devi. Of these the first two are in Bengali, published by the Udbodhan Office, Calcutta, and the last one is in English, published by the Ramakrishna Math, Madras.

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1. Everything depends upon one’s mind.
Nothing can be achieved without purity of mind.
It is said, ‘The aspirant might have received the
grace of the guru, the Lord and his devotees; but
he comes to grief without the grace of “one”.’ That
‘one’ is the mind. The mind of the aspirant must
be gracious to him.
2. Don’t puzzle the mind with too many in-
quiries. One finds it difficult to put one single
thing into practice, but dares invite distraction by
filling the mind with too many things.
3. It is essential to perform spiritual practices
in a secluded place. When a plant is young, fenc-
ing is necessary, but when it grows big, the cattle
cannot do it any harm. So after some years of
meditation, when the mind is formed, you can
remain anywhere and can associate with any type
of person, and the mind will not be much affected.
4. Practise meditation, and by and by your
mind will be so calm and fixed that you will find
it difficult to keep it away from meditation.

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5. Whenever the mind goes after anything
other than God, consider that as transient and
surrender the mind at the sacred feet of the Lord.
6. The less you become attached to the world,
the more you will enjoy peace of mind.
7. Many turn toward God as a result of much
suffering in life. But one whose mind is offered
like a flower to the Lord right from childhood is
indeed blessed.

8. The mind is no better than a wild elephant.
It runs with the wind. Therefore one should
always discriminate and strive hard for the
realization of God.
9. One cannot escape the effect of one’s past
karma. But then, if a person leads a prayerful life,
he gets off with only the prick of a thorn in the
leg, whereas he was to suffer from a deep cut.
10. If you do not pray to God, what is that to
him? It is only your misfortune.
11. When a man sees defects in others, his
own mind first gets polluted. What does he gain
by finding faults in others? He only hurts him-
self by that.

12. From desire this body comes into being.
When there is no desire at all, the body falls away.

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With complete cessation of desire there comes the
final end.

13. As long as a man has desires there will be
no end to his transmigration. It is the desire alone
that make him take one body after another.
Rebirth is inevitable so long as one has desires.
14. One must perform work. It is only through
work that the bondage of work will be cut asun-
der and one will acquire a spirit of non-attach-
ment. One should not be without work even for
a moment.

15. Many are known to do great work under
the stress of some strong emotion. But a man’s
true nature is known by the manner in which he
does his insignificant daily tasks.
16. You should do work, no doubt. Work saves
the mind from going astray. But then, prayer and
meditation also are necessary. You must sit for
meditation at least once in the morning and once
in the evening. That will be like the helm to a boat.
When one sits for meditation in the evening, there
should be self-examination in respect of the works
done in the course of the day.
17. Just as clouds are blown away by the wind,
so the thirst for material pleasure will be driven
away by the utterance of the Lord’s name.

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18. Even the water which has got a natural
tendency to flow downwards, is drawn up to the
sky by the sun’s rays. In the same way, God’s grace
lifts up the mind which has got a tendency to run
after sense objects.
19. The grace of God is the thing that is need-
ful. One should pray for the grace of God. One
must pray sitting on the bank of the river. One
will be taken across in proper time.
20. The human teacher utters the mantra into
the ear; but God breathes the spirit into the soul.
21. Just surrender yourself to Him; you will
then feel His grace.
22. God-realization is just like a candy in the
hand of a child. Some people beg the child to part
with it. He does not care to give it to them. But
without hesitation he hands it over to another
whom he likes. All depends on the grace of God.
He bestows his grace upon anyone he likes. Grace
is the important thing.
23. God cannot be realized without love, yes,

sincere love.

24. Have intense devotion to God. One must
work hard. How can one achieve anything with-
out effort? You must devote some time for prayer
even in the midst of the busiest hour of the day.

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25. To pray to God and meditate on him for
two minutes even, with a fully concentrated
mind, is better than doing so for long hours with-
out it.

26. One’s love of God depends entirely upon
one’s inner feeling. Love of God is the essential
thing.

27. Give up this dry discussion, this hodge-
podge of philosophy. Who has been able to know
God by reasoning?
28. It does not become a woman to argue like
that. Even the wise could hardly realize the nature
of Brahman by argument. Is Brahman an object
of discussion?

29. Neither mantra nor scripture is of any
avail; bhakti or devotion alone accomplishes
everything.

30. Lay the burden of your mind before Sri
Ramakrishna. Tell him your sorrows with your
tears. You will find that he will fill your hands
with the desired object.
31. Even the impossible becomes possible
through devotion.
32. Through these spiritual disciplines the ties
of past karma are cut asunder. But the realization

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of God cannot be achieved without ecstatic love
for him.

33. Ordinary human love results in misery.
Love for God brings blessedness.
34. It is idle to expect that dangers and diffi-
culties will not come. They are bound to come.
But for a devotee they will pass away under the
feet like water.

35. What does a man become by realizing
God? Does he grow two horns? No, what
happens is , he develops discrimination between
the real and the unreal, becomes conscious
spiritually, and goes beyond life and death. God
is realized in spirit. How else can one see God?
Has God talked to anyone who is devoid of
ecstatic fervour? One sees God in spiritual vision,
talks to him, and establishes relationship with him
in spirit.

36. Husband, son, body, or whatever it be, is
all in maya. All these are maya’s bondage. One
cannot be freed unless one gets rid of bondage.
37. As you progress in your spiritual practice
you will see the same Being in you as in me, and
that He is in all men, be they of the lowest castes.
Then you will acquire humility.

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38. Can you call him a man who is devoid of
compassion? He is a veritable beast.
39. In course of time one does not feel even
the existence of God. After attaining enlighten-
ment one sees that Gods and deities are all maya.
Everything comes into existence in time and
disappears in time. Gods and such things really
disappear at the dawn of enlightenment. The as-
pirant then realizes that the Mother alone per-
vades the universe. All then become one.
40. Many may take the name of God after
their minds have been hardened by the contami-
nating influence of the world. But he alone is
blessed who can devote himself to God from very
childhood.

41. Where is that competent student who can
understand spiritual instruction? First of all one
should be fit; otherwise the instructions prove
futile.

42. One should be extremely careful about
making His service perfectly flawless. But the
truth is, God knows our foolishness, and there-
fore He forgives us.
43. Spiritual progress becomes easier if
husband and wife agree in their view regarding
spiritual practice.

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44. All teachers are one. The same power of
God works through them all.
45. Sri Ramakrishna never cherished any
parochial or one-sided view. Brahman exists
everywhere. The prophets and incarnations are
born to show the way to benighted humanity.
They give different instructions according to dif-
ferent temperaments. There are many ways to
realize truth. Therefore, all these instructions
have their value.
46. Do you know the significance of japa and
other spiritual practices? By these the power of
the sense-organs is subdued.
47. Past sins are counteracted by meditation,
japa, and spiritual thought.
48. The mantra purifies the body. Man
becomes pure by repeating the mantra of God.
49. From time immemorial so many people
have practised image-worship and thereby got
liberation. Do you mean to say that is nothing?
50. God is one’s very own. One realizes him
in proportion to the intensity of one’s feeling for
him.

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